Tableau Desktop is a leading new generation Business Intelligence (BI) application which is also dubbed as “self-service” data discovery tool as it can be used to achieve with almost no support from IT staff. This product shines as a graphical tool or a visualization tool, where you would have relied on various other tools and takes longer durations to represent the bar charts or the pie charts.
IBM Cognos is yet another an option to make your Organization mend its way towards an analytics driven Organization. IBM Cognos provides features that work well for individuals, workgroups and departments in all mid-sized organizations to larger and bigger enterprises – it designed in such a manner to help almost every specific need in the Business Intelligence domain and the Analytics domain.
With an initial understanding of what Tableau Desktop and IBM Cognos are, let us get down to business in understanding the comparison between these two tools. The Comparison can be different based on the kind of Organization you represent when you go forward in making the purchase of any of these business intelligence software offerings from Tableau Desktop or IBM Cognos.
|Tableau Desktop||IBM Cognos|
|Tableau Desktop provides a feature to import and visualize huge data sets, enables users to drill down into the data and also allows to make queries.||IBM Cognos makes it easy for users to dynamically explore data relations by transforming data into metadata.|
|Tableau Desktop makes it very easy to use and makes it very comfortable for users who are not explicitly data experts to explore the necessary data without any issues.||IBM Cognos is a wholesome platform for data experts alone as it is not that easy simple enough for users with average skills to explore and learn it.|
|Tableau Desktop has a provision to connect to any kind of data source and provides numeral native data source connectors to retrieve data from||There is not much difference on this features with Tableau Desktop, as IBM Cognos is equally competent in providing as many number of data source connectors as like Tableau Desktop|
|Tableau Desktop has the capability of doing a quick, ad-hoc analysis on data using its two ways of data collection – Live Connection or by In-memory. Both of these rely on the local database and does the retrieval of the required data the quickest.||IBM Cognos does generation of reports against both transactional and data marts. It has the ability to capture and combine results from multiple databases|
|Tableau Desktop (Personal Edition) is priced $35 per user per month which enables to connect to Excel and Google sheets.
Tableau Desktop (Professional Edition) is priced $70 per user per month which enables to connect to various data sources like files, databases and applications
|IBM Cognos Proof of Concept is priced at $12,360 USD
IBM Cognos Workgroup is priced at $23,880 USD
IBM Cognos Standard is priced at $121,200 USD
IBM Cognos Enterprise is priced at $239,400 USD
There is no free trial available for this software to get a bit of hands on experience.
|Tableau Desktop provides a free trial version for a month’s usage to understand the power of the tool||IBM Cognos does not provide a free trial of its software offerings for the Customers|
|Tableau Desktop provides options for its payments in the form of One time payments, Annual Subscriptions and also on Quote based payments||IBM Cognos provides payments options in the form of Quote based payments.|
|Tableau Desktop is on an average of 9.2 out of 10 based on all the Customer reviews that are collected by various comparison sites||IBM Cognos stands tall at 8.9 out of 10, standing next to Tableau Desktop on all the customer reviews that are captured by various comparison sites|
|Though Tableau Desktop provides supports to extract data from various kinds of data sources, combinations of data-sources for data analysis is still considered not so strong.||This is one of the strongest areas of IBM Cognos, as it has the ability to combine and provide better results from multiple sources of data|
|Tableau provides integration with R and Google Analytics. R models can be run as is, just after the Tableau integration with R.||It is well connected and seamlessly integrated with the IBM family of products|
|Tableau Desktop works on both Windows and Macintosh OS environments and also has a web based version||Microstrategy works only on Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS environments|
|Tableau Desktop is targeted to be used in Small, Medium to Larger enterprises||IBM Cognos is targeted to be used in Small, Medium and Larger enterprises as well.|
|Tableau Desktop provides features like Customizable Dashboard, Financial Forecast / Budget, Graphic Benchmark Tools, Highlight and filter data, List of native data connectors||IBM Cognos provides features like Simple and Intuitive interface, Smart search works in the context, Personalized experience, Scheduling and alerts, Interactive content made available both online and also offline|
In this article, we have tried to understand what areas of the business each of the products Tableau Desktop or IBM Cognos cater. We have tried to look at an eagle view of the features that each of these products offer to their customers and tried to understand a clear cut winner out of the compared products.
Tableau Desktop and IBM Cognos are two giants in the Business Intelligence and Analytics domains, there is not a clear winner just from these comparisons. To choose between these two products, you need to do a lot of research in the ways and means that you would rely on the products and based on the requirements, you might need to do a fitment test to finalize a product
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